What does the Bible say about purpose?
Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”
Our purpose is to Love God & Love Others.
Who are we are created to be?
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it;
We are created to be in the image of God and to be fruitful.
Who is God calling you to be?
“Instead, they got mixed up with the nations, learning what they did and serving those false god, which became a trap for them.” Psalm 106:35-37
When we confuse ourselves with others, can we get lost in their values?
Sometimes we find ourself idolizing things or ideals, such as “having money makes a person more attractive” or “skinny people are sexier.”
What kind of idols tempt you?
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be cleansed of all your pollution. I will cleanse you of all your idols.” Ezekiel 36:25
How can we cleanse ourselves of our idols?
I can’t stand arrogance. But I have my eye on salt-of-the-earth people— they’re the ones I want working with me; Men and women on the straight and narrow— these are the ones I want at my side.
We had a great discussion on what the Bible says about work last Wednesday night in our Young Adult Bible study. This was one of the favorite verses and it let us to decide that we would rather work with salt-of-the-earth type people than arrogant or entitled people. So what do you think?
Who do you surround yourself with?
Who do you find yourself working with?
What kind of person are you?
“Sometimes I arrive too early. I rush, and some people cling longer to life than expected.”
Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief
This is an opening quote from the new book we are reading in our WCYA book club. It really grabbed me because it is said by the character in the book known as Death.
Isn’t it so true? Death comes too early for some, too quickly for others, and others cling longer. We are all afraid of it, but yet it is the only known in our lives.
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
How are you living?